Combined Task Force 150 Completes Focused Operation QUEENSTON under Canadian-Australian command

Three ships sail next to each other in very deep blue water.
Pakistan Navy Ship Shamsheer, United States Navy Ship Walter S. Diehl and Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Arunta conduct replenishment at sea operations during Operation QUEENSTON on January 5, 2017 in the Middle East region. (Photo by HMAS Arunta)


By: A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member on Operation ARTEMIS

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who recently joined Operation ARTEMIS to lead Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 with their Australian colleagues have hit the ground running. Under the leadership of Commodore Haydn Edmundson, they wasted no time in planning and executing their first focused operation just days after arriving in Bahrain and taking command.

Operation QUEENSTON, which took place from December 18, 2016 to January 4, 2017, saw seven ships, multiple maritime patrol aircraft and several shore-based helicopters working as a harmonized force. Together they focused on the counter-terrorism mission of CTF 150, which operates in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Northern Arabian Sea. These units from Australia, France, Italy, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United States succeeded by coordinating and sharing information across the task force.

During Operation QUEENSTON, CTF 150 units worked closely together to detect, deter and deny illicit activities which fund terrorist organizations,” said Commodore Edmundson. “The enduring international collaboration throughout Operation QUEENSTON is borne from a high degree of trust and confidence among the force.

The widespread presence of CTF 150 was particularly evident during this operation. More than 900 men and women were on watch to maintain maritime security from the Suez Canal to the Strait of Hormuz, spanning 500 000 square miles.

CTF 150 is a task force under Combined Maritime Forces, which is the naval coalition of nations that promotes security and stability in the international waters of the Middle East region.

As an organization of 31 nations, every opportunity to work together and strengthen the Combined Maritime Forces efforts towards defeating terrorism, encouraging regional cooperation, and promoting a secure maritime environment is a success,” said British Commodore Will Warrender, Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces, about Operation QUEENSTON.

By all measures, Operation QUEENSTON was a success for CTF 150 and the Combined Maritime Forces. The coalition, once again, has shown persistence and professionalism across the area of operations, ensuring the high seas remain safe and secure for all law-abiding mariners.

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